Cesc Fabregas has revealed how his old Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s superstitious nature was the cause behind his outburst before the Europa League final.
Sarri repeatedly threw and kicked his cap while leaving Chelsea’s ongoing session on Tuesday in Baku.
It had been suggested the Italian coach was provoked by a bust-up between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain at the end of the training session.
But the Blues later released a statement explaining that Sarri was upset by the media presence, which denied the team a chance to practice set-pieces.
“I guarantee you, this is the truth,” Fabregas told BT Sport.
“I know him. He’s very superstitious. He loves to do set-piece tactics the last thing the day before the game. And they didn’t allow him to do it because it was an open session.
“The superstition is too much for him, he has to do it that way.”
Despite the drama on Tuesday, however, Sarri and Chelsea managed put the incident behind them to win the Europa League a day later.
Following Olivier Giroud’s second-half opener, Eden Hazard assisted Pedro to put Chelsea into a commanding two-goal advantage. He then bagged himself a brace to seal a 4-1 win over Arsenal.
It marked a solid end to a debut campaign that had it’s fair share of ups and downs for Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s football, no? During a season you can have good moments or bad moments,” Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola told the club’s website.
“What is important is always believing in your work and always giving your best. That’s what we did.
“Fortunately, the players believed in what we were doing, they helped us a lot, and we went through all the problems and difficulties that we had.
“We are all here celebrating and I think we deserved something.”